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Hello everyone. Hoping someone can assist me as we are looking at a RV today. We are in the market for a drivable RV and looking at an older Four Winds 24 foot model today with a 360 as the motor. Several others that are smaller have the 460.

Question: is the 360 sufficient for a RV of this size? We are not planning on pulling anything but a small tracker boat. I realize it will not be a race car but do not want to join the 40 mile per hour tops crowd. Live in Alaska and the RV will spend the majority of its time here. Drove a smaller 21 foot Gulfstream the other day and it seem to have lots of pick up even on moderate hills.

Not new to RVs just new to the Class C family. I also hear that the older E350 E450 have good drive trains with reliability.

Thanks for the help.

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How old are you looking at? The Chrysler 360 hasn’t been put in a motorhome for almost 40 years. And the Ford 460 since ‘96.

I’d avoid any Chrysler based RV because the rear chassis are proprietary to each RV maker and even power train parts are hard to find now.

I’d at least try to to stick with a 460 with fuel injection which would start with ‘88 model years. A Ford 351 or a Chevy 350 should be fine as well if you don’t tow.


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Don't be too concerned with the size of the engine. There really isn't much of a selection.
They all get you from point A to point B. Some just take a little longer than others.

The overall condition of the RV is more important than the engine size.

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gbopp wrote:

Don't be too concerned with the size of the engine. There really isn't much of a selection.
They all get you from point A to point B. Some just take a little longer than others.

The overall condition of the RV is more important than the engine size.


^Overly broad statement and shows you aren't well read on what the OP is asking.
Like carringb said, 360 has to be an OLD Dodge or even older Ford assuming they put 360 fords in RVs back in the day.
460 Ford, good motor, but I wouldn't even consider a carburetor version.
Based on the engine selections presented and the OPs question, I'm surmising budget well under $10k and not a gear head or shade tree mechanic.
With that I'd advise away from RVs older than 20 years and certainly stay away from ones parked out on the tundra.
Any older vehicle can be fairly reliable or a basket case (not just the engine/drivetrain, but brakes, electrical etc.
RVs are also typically much more expensive in AK for what you get. I actually sold our camper, trailers, atv in AK before we moved back after living there for a bit and made a healthy profit. All were bought/brought from the L48 with us when we moved up.

With flights and fuel cheap, I would consider lining up a bunch of good candidates down here, fly down with $$. Find the right one and drive back. End of the day it "may" cost similar as buying up north but will be a much greater selection.
Caveat being if truly looking at old low buck RVs I wouldn't want to drive an unknown one 2000mi back up there before going through it and some good shakedown miles.

Engine wise, I would only consider 6.0 Chevy or V10 Ford unless I was really good with a wrench.


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“but do not want to join the 40 mile per hour tops crowd”

For many new motorhomes on a steep grade that’s about all they’ll do.


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I am guessing OP is looking at older 360 Ford.
I had a older class C with a Chev 350. It did alright, but as we hit the road more with more cargo it was a little week.
I am sure you must be on a budget. I would be looking for something a little newer with a four speed transmission in either GM or Ford chassis. TBI (throttle body injection) would be more efficient in fuel mileage.


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Grit dog wrote:

gbopp wrote:

Don't be too concerned with the size of the engine. There really isn't much of a selection.
They all get you from point A to point B. Some just take a little longer than others.

The overall condition of the RV is more important than the engine size.


^Overly broad statement and shows you aren't well read on what the OP is asking.

Engine wise, I would only consider 6.0 Chevy or V10 Ford unless I was really good with a wrench.

I said there isn't much of a selection for RV engines.
You narowed it down to two engines.
I guess you feel the engine make/size is more important than the overall condition of the RV.
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If the OP is referring to a MOPAR...For reference, our first C was a 1978 20' Jamboree on a Dodge chassis powered by their 318! We bought it new and put about 50k miles on it. It took us all over the US with no issues.
If maintained, the 460 and Dodge 360 will provide respectable service. If you're asking about the Ford 360, we had a truck with one and it could not pass anything, especially a gas station!

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Lwiddis wrote:

“but do not want to join the 40 mile per hour tops crowd”

For many new motorhomes on a steep grade that’s about all they’ll do.


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